New plant species in Rutland discovered

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FLORA and fauna is once again causing a stir in Rutland.

A recent survey around lagoon one at Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton found 190 different species of plant which is very unusual for one place.

Among them was frog rush which has never been found in Rutland and Leicestershire before.

Botanist at the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Andy Lear said: “It is a very high number of plants to find in a man made habitat which has not been there very long.

“Many of the plants have just grown there on their own accord. They were probably brought in by ducks.”

Mr Lear says the great news for Rutland is the quantity and variety of plants which are found in and around Rutland Water.

He added: “It is very unusual for such a small area.”

Another survey will be carried out at Rutland Water in September when different species will be in bloom.

The warmer weather this week has also awoken a number of insects and invertebrates and the county is suddenly buzzing with wildlife.

The milder winter and colder spring means insects have survived the seasons but are only just surfacing now.

Senior reserve officer at Rutland Water Tim Mackrill said: “What we are seeing now is a lot of butterflies which have just come out and we will expect to see dragonflies and damsel flies in the near future.

“The wet April and May held everything back.”

Rutland Water is the prefect breeding ground for insects as the water is still and 2012 is expected to be a record year for them.

This in turn will have a positive effect on other forms of wildlife.

Tim said: “The colder winters over the last couple of years have had an effect on insect numbers which leaves fewer things for birds such as swallows, swifts and house martins to eat.

“This year will be different and there are already high numbers of birds in the area.

“There should in theory be plenty more birds this year.”